Dr. Jim Davis is jointly appointed in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Department of First-Year Programs. Among his classroom responsibilities, he teaches sections of KSU 1101: First-Year Seminar specifically for first-semester T&PS majors.
Jim has Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Bowling Green State University and has worked with a variety of arts organizations, including The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Chicago Historical Society, the Mississippi River Museum (Dubuque, Iowa), Blackhawk Children's Theatre (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Horizon Youth Theatre (Bowling Green, Ohio).
Jim’s areas of research include Modern American dramatic literature, musical theatre of the Harlem renaissance, puppet theatre and the intersection of performance and popular culture. His research has been featured in Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs, the reference work Graphic Novels, which will be published in late 2011, and at numerous national academic conferences.
He has directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), bash: latterday plays, Pinocchio, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, and Tough Choices For The New Century: A Seminar For Responsible Living; and acted in Jane: Abortion in the Underground , Auction Today! and Annie; and created numerous solo and ensemble works for puppet theatre.